Botanical: Caragana arborescens
Common: Siberian Peashrub'
General Characteristics: Seeds serve as a valuable wild life food. Bark provides a fiber. Leaves yield an azure dye. Because of its cold and drought tolerance, it is widely planted in the US and Canada for windbreaks. In the northern Great Plains, it is also used for hedges and outdoor screening. Because of its nitrogen-fixing capacity, it is valued as a soil-improving plant. Caragana serves well as a windbreak, ground cover, soil builder, poultry cover, cattle forage, vegetable for human use, fiber plant, bee plant, dye plant, and ornamental landscape specimen. Alkali-tolerant, able to withstand extreme cold and dryness.